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Saint Peter’s First in Area to perform Single-Incision robotics Surgery

July 1, 2012 Saint Peter's Healthcare System Community Calendar Featured Article.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is the first hospital in central New Jersey and only the third hospital in the state to perform single-incision robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. James E. Gervasoni, Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at Saint Peter’s, successfully removed a gallbladder through a single incision in a patient’s navel.


James E. Gervasoni, Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital
James E. Gervasoni, Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital


The state-of-the-art technology has many advantages over the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical technique which uses small incisions, but is limited to select, simple procedures. The da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System provides patients with all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery as compared to open-wound surgery – the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

For surgeons, the major benefits over traditional approaches include greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access to the surgical site. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to reduce the traditional four to six small incisions to one incision of less than an inch in length made through the navel.

“The maneuverability and precision of these instruments is better than the human hand,” says Dr. Gervasoni. “This is the future of all surgery.”

A unique feature of the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System – the latest generation of da Vinci® – is the enhanced 3D, highdefinition vision of the area on which the operation is being performed.

“The actual operating time took a grand total of only 35 minutes,” says Dr. Gervasoni referring to the historic single-point-ofentry surgery using da Vinci at Saint Peter’s. “And the patient experienced less scarring and recovery time, as well as a lower risk of infection, than with other laparoscopic methods.”

About one million people in the United States undergo gallbladder removal surgery every year. Forty percent are women ages 18 to 44. Now those patients can have their gallbladder removed in the same time as a lunch break and be home by dinnertime.

“And gallbladder surgery is just the beginning,” Dr. Gervasoni says. “Single-port surgery will supersede everything else over the next 25 years. Most operations will be performed robotically through one entry or port. All surgeons should learn how to do this and get on board, because this type of technological advancement is the future.”

To learn more about the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, please call the Department of Surgery at 732-745-8571 or visit